Resident Life: Introduction
R4: Kathy Chen    |   R3: Julia Edwards    |   R2: Rejoice Opara    |   R1: Jai Gandhi    |    Idaho Track: Jordan Merrill
Resident Life
Kathy Chen
Fourth Year Resident
Seattle Track

Why UW Psychiatry?

"Growing up in the Midwest, I only ever lived on flatlands, and upon seeing mountains and water in one place on a visit to Seattle as a young girl, told my parents that I would live here someday. I knew I was looking for a big academic center in at least a medium-sized city for residency. When applying, my fascination with psychiatry was still fairly new, and so I knew I wanted to be surrounded by a supportive program with mentors in all areas of the field, in order to be exposed to as many clinical niches as possible. I also wanted to learn to treat a patient population that is rich in diversity and background, and the greater Seattle area (along with UW’s commitment to serving the five-state region of Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho) provides more than I could have even expected. My interview day was filled with attendings brimming with enthusiasm who were truly excited to be a part of this institution. There is a huge commitment to teaching here. Last but not least, the residents rock! They are hard workers and easygoing at the same time. I have learned so much from my fellow residents, many of whom have become my closest friends outside of work."

Education

BA, Johns Hopkins University
MD, Medical College of Wisconsin

Follow Me For A Week

Sunday
Morning:   Sleep in… Clean my apartment in preparation for family to visit.
Afternoon:   Take the water taxi downtown from West Seattle, stroll along the waterfront downtown to explore Pike Place Market all afternoon. Inevitably return with beautiful bouquets for the apt.
Evening:   Enjoy Hawaiian shave ice for dessert near the water taxi stop, and then read up on new patients for tomorrow morning.
     
Monday
Morning:   Arrive at VA at 7 AM to orient new medical students to their psychiatry clerkship. Round with my inpatient team.
Afternoon:   Leave for continuity clinic at HMC to see my long-term psychotherapy patients. Done by 5:30 PM.
Evening:   Take a walk along Alki Beach and dine on pizza and beer al fresco!
     
Tuesday
Morning:   Arrive to work at 8 AM, computer pre-round, round with the inpatient team, and finish a few notes.
Afternoon:   Arrive at the UW to give an R1 didactic on “surviving the inpatient wards” with my fellow chief residents. Get individual supervision for my junior attending rotation. Done by 4:30 PM.
Evening:   Spend time with my boyfriend’s family playing (and dominating) board games.
     
wednesday
Morning:   Arrive at the VA at 8 AM, answer chief emails, and round with the inpatient team.
Afternoon:   Attend a chief meeting at the UW with our program director, return to the VA and supervise the resident on my team. Done by 5 PM.
Evening:   Watch a movie and another beautiful summer sunset with family.
     
thursday
Morning:   Residency didactics at 8 AM (coffee, donuts, and fruit, yum), T group, business meeting (with lunch provided, always a highlight).
Afternoon:   Chief time – preparing medical student talk, emails. Go to off-site supervision with my psychodynamic psychotherapy supervisor. Done by 4 PM.
Evening:   Kayaking on Lake Union with my boyfriend, which includes watching seaplanes take off and land, and finding the Sleepless in Seattle houseboat.
     
friday
Morning:   Arrive at the VA at 8 AM, round with the inpatient team. Write a few progress notes.
Afternoon:   Teach the medical students about the mental status exam; search for an article for my evidence-based medicine presentation next Monday. Check-in and feedback with my attending. Done by 5:00 PM.
Evening:   Go check out a street festival with shopping, music, and food in my neighborhood with my boyfriend. Watch a documentary at home.
     
Saturday
Morning:   Wake up late, and then savor a cup of coffee (instead of my usual caffeine-inhaling during weekday mornings) with my boyfriend. Do some reading for work.
Afternoon:   Go explore the street festival again; this time we run into one of my co-residents and her family! Hang out with them and eat amazing Caribbean jerk chicken.
Evening:   BBQ at a friend’s house outside the city. Throw a Frisbee around and try my hand at a few golf swings. In bed by 11 PM so that I can wake up in time for my full-day DBT workshop tomorrow.
     

Clinical Rotations

This month: Junior attending on the
inpatient unit at the VA, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Harborview Resident Psychotherapy Continuity Clinic.

For the next 5 months: couples therapy,
DBT, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance consultation clinic, continuity clinic,
and chief resident time.

Career Goals

“I’m still figuring this out and staying very flexible, since my interests are so vast. I know that I enjoy working with vulnerable populations (which is nearly all of mental health), but specifically the chronically ill and geriatric populations. I am interested in community psychiatry and the interface of mental health and public health. I will probably be applying to a fellowship and hope to incorporate teaching into my career."

Average Weekly Hours

40 hours

Night and Weekend Duty

Approximately 1-2 weekend shifts per month, averaging 12 hours per shift

 

Resident Life
Julia Edwards
Third Year Resident
Seattle Track

Why UW Psychiatry?

"I was initially attracted to UW because of its location in beautiful Seattle and the large program size. When I visited, I loved the flexibility of the program and the huge variety of clinical opportunities.  The residents seemed happy and laidback but also  intelligent, thoughtful and well-trained.  

For me, UW has been the ideal combination of great training in a cooperative and flexible environment.  My attendings are universally kind and interested in teaching and I’ve been able to develop my own unique rotations to match my specific interests in collaborative care and global health."

Education

BA, Studio Art, Grinnell College
MD, MPH, University of Oklahoma School
of Community Medicine

Follow Me For A Week

Sunday
Morning:   Sleep in followed by a lazy morning, eating breakfast and reading a novel outside on my deck
Afternoon:   Go blueberry picking with co-residents, then bake delicious blueberry muffins
Evening:   Relax with my boyfriend, cook a big dinner so we have leftovers available throughout the week
     
Monday
Morning:   See therapy and med management patients in my continuity clinic
Afternoon:   See more patients and have 1 hour of supervision and 1 hour of CBT seminar
Evening:   Go the gym, host “Bachelor night”: a weekly tradition with co-residents to watch The Bachelor, drink wine and analyze the psychological dynamics of the show (ie: gossip about the contestants)
     
Tuesday
Morning & Afternoon:   Memory and Brain Wellness Clinic
Evening:   Meet up with friends for a picnic at Lake Union, watch the weekly sailboat regatta
     
wednesday
Morning & Afternoon:   Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Clinic
Evening:   Movie night: meet up with co-residents to continue our exploration of Hitchcock’s best films
     
thursday
Morning:   Didactics, T-group, business meeting
Afternoon:   Meet with group of co-residents to plan the next business meeting, attend 1 hour of psychodynamic supervision
Evening:   Go to the gym, make dinner, watch The Wire with my boyfriend
     
friday
Morning:   1 hour CBT supervision, meet with my attending for my Leadership in Medicine course and discuss my Quality Improvement project
Afternoon:   Go to a coffee shop and read weekly article for my Child and Adolescent clinic and do some assigned CBT readings
Evening:   Walk around the arboretum, go out to a delicious dinner with my boyfriend
     
Saturday
Morning:   Meet up with co-residents for a hike in the Cascades
Afternoon:   Relax at home, reading, napping
Evening:   Go to concert with my boyfriend!

Clinical Rotations

Continuity Clinic at Harborview

Memory and Brain Wellness Clinic at Harborview

Seattle Children’s Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Clinic at Bellevue

Leadership in Medicine

Career Goals

“I’m interested in public health and increasing access to mental health services. I’ve become very interested in the collaborative care model, a model developed at UW that increases access to care. I hope to be involved in collaborative care in some way in the future. In the near future, I want to stay in academic medicine and do a fellowship, either in geriatric psychiatry or psychosomatic medicine. In addition, I’d love to do some work in global mental health, perhaps working with a nonprofit that increases access to quality mental health services abroad."

Average Weekly Hours

45 hours

Night and Weekend Duty

One 12 hour weekend day or night
shift a month

Resident Life
Rejoice Opara
Second Year Resident
Seattle Track

Why UW Psychiatry?

"I wanted to come to a place where residents were thriving, and with a residency program structure that supported residents’ personal wellness in addition to clinical education, and encouraging their career goals.  I also have a broad range of interests right now (including psychotherapy, global mental health, and child psych), and wanted to go somewhere where I could get well-rounded training, and explore these interests in-depth.  ”

Education

Undergraduate: Harvard College
Medical School: Vanderbilt School of Medicine

Career Goals

"Currently I’m interested in outpatient vs. emergency psychiatry.  I also have an interest in global mental health, and child psych but we’ll see how it all works out!"

Follow Me For A Week

Sunday
Morning:   Morning service followed by brunch afterwards
Afternoon:   Chill at home while cooking
Evening:   Sounders game! GOAL!!!!
     
Monday
Morning:   7:00-3:00 PM PES shift (Psych emergency services)
Afternoon:   Shopping (I love Costco!), talk with friends, Relax
Evening:   Gym, dinner with roommate followed by a night watching Netflix
     
Tuesday
Morning:   7:00-3:00 PM PES shift (Psych emergency services)
Afternoon:   R2 didactics; leisure read
Evening:   Dinner with roommate followed by more Netflix
     
wednesday
Morning:   7:00-3:00 PM PES shift (Psych emergency services)
Afternoon:   Shop, hang around at home followed by an impromptu dance party, etc.
Evening:   Dinner, TV time
     
thursday
Morning:   8:00-11:00 R2 didactic series, 11:00-12:00 T-group (therapy group with class), 12:00-1:00 Business Meeting, 2:00-3:00 PES shift.
Afternoon:   Gym which includes jumping on the trampoline
Evening:   Happy hour with friends and Zumba
     
friday
Morning:   7:00-3:00 PM PES shift (Psych emergency services)
Afternoon:   Skype with friends and family
Evening:   Relax after a long week
     
Saturday
Morning:   Sleep in
Afternoon:   Boat on the lake with friends
Evening:   Relax while cooking dinner with friends
     

Clinical Rotations

Continuity Clinic  - Tuesday afternoons doing psychotherapy from September to June

July: Psychiatric Emergency Services

August:  Harborview Inpatient Psychiatry

September:  Harborview Inpatient Psychiatry; UW Consult/Liaison

October: UW Night Float (3 weeks), UW Consult/Liaison

November:  Harborview Consult/Liaison

December:  VA Consult/Liaison

January: VA Inpatient Psychiatry, VA Night Float (3 weeks)

February: VA Inpatient Psychiatry

March:  Seattle Children’s Inpatient Psychiatry

April:  Seattle Children’s Inpatient Psychiatry

May:  Harborview Consult/Liaison

June:  Harborview Consult/Liaison

Average Weekly Hours

  • Approximately 55 hours per week

Night and Weekend Duty

6 weeks of night float throughout the year (5 nights on, 2 nights off)

Average of two 12 hour call shifts per month, some of which is home call

 

Resident Life
Jai Gandhi
First Year Resident
Seattle Track

Why UW Psychiatry?

"I left my interview day at UW not only thoroughly impressed, but feeling as if I fit in. The residents were clearly not only coworkers, but friends, which I found extremely important as I would be making a large transition from Texas to Washington. In addition, the faculty’s enthusiasm and zeal for teaching demonstrated the whole program’s willingness to help its’ residents develop and grow. This, combined with the residents' passion for taking advantage of the outdoor opportunities of the Pacific Northwest allowed by the program's emphasis on work/life balance made for a perfect match. Beyond the personality of the program, the multitude of specialized pathways geared towards allowing residents to explore not only their own interests but to develop new ones was extremely attractive. Of course, all of this was just an added benefit on top of the fantastic and diverse clinical experience provided through the underserved community at Harborview, the veteran population at the VA and the specialized university-setting of UW."

Education

BA, Religious Studies and Philosophy, Austin College
BA, Biology, Austin College
MD, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Follow Me For A Week

Sunday
Morning:   No alarm! Walk around Cal Anderson Park, then grab brunch with a friend.
Afternoon:   Meet up for a happy hour alongside our resident book club to discuss Middlesex.
Evening:   Unwind, relax, and get ready for the work day.
     
Monday
Morning:   Wake up at 6:15, get to work, pre-round, and round. Discuss patient list with the attending.
Afternoon:   Evidence based medicine discussion at the VA headed by the residents. Then place orders, call for collateral information, sign out around 5.
Evening:   Get home, eat dinner, read Stahl’s, watch Scrubs, sleep.
     
Tuesday
Morning:   Wake up at 5, hit the gym, go to work. Code Green called on my patient, place orders, attempt to help talk the patient down.
Afternoon:   Place orders, perform MoCA on patient with likely neurocognitive disorder, see new patient and complete admission.
Evening:   Continue reading I Know This Much Is True, start reading an article from the inpatient syllabus, sleep.
     
wednesday
Morning:   Wake up at 5, gym, work. Rounds go smoothly.
Afternoon:   Called by nursing about two different patients requesting discharge, talk with the patients regarding request, call the attending & decide one of the patients is appropriate for discharge. Talk with social work and help this patient discharge before the evening. Finish discharge summary.
Evening:   Meet up with my cousin, watch a movie and eat dinner, sleep.
     
thursday
Morning:   Wake up at 6:15, go to work. Rounds go well, discuss list with attending.

Afternoon:   Didactics! Head over to UW and learn tons and tons about trauma, and a new way of creating patient formulations.
Evening:   Go to happy hour with the coresidents, eat some snacks, catch up, be glad that we’re not on medicine or neurology.
     
friday
Morning:   Wake up at 6:15, get to work. Finish rounds.
Afternoon:   Finish up work, take sign out from other residents, field pages for short call between 4 and 6. Leave the VA around 6.

Evening:   Meet up with friends for dinner, watch Edge of Tomorrow, hang out, call it a night.
     
Saturday
Morning:   Wake up, text people about a hike. Head over to Little Bandera Mountain for a climb.
Afternoon:   Still climbing. Then descending. Get to car and then we binge eat at MOD Pizza on the way home.
Evening:   Shower, relax. Debate going out versus staying in. Stay in.
     

 

Clinical Rotations

13 - 4 week blocks:

Harborview Medical Center Inpatient Medicine (1)

University of Washington Emergency Medicine (1)

VA Puget Sound Inpatient Medicine (1)

VA Geriatrics at Community Living Center (1)

Harborview Inpatient Psychiatry (3)

Harborview Medicine Consults (1)

Seattle Children’s Hospital Pediatric Neurology (1)

University of Washington Inpatient Neurology (1)

VA Puget Sound Inpatient Psychiatry (3)

Career Goals

“I have a background in the liberal arts, that has pervaded and shaped a growing fascination with the medical humanities; my medical school had a formalized medical humanities education which unknowingly steered me towards psychiatry. By default, psychiatry seems to interface with rest of the humanities in a manner the other medical disciplines lack, and although I am still developing and searching for how to integrate my interest in the humanities alongside my interest in psychiatry, I am excited for the opportunities and support UW is providing for it."

Average Weekly Hours

Inpatient Medicine: ~70 hours per week

Emergency Medicine: ~60 hours per week

Inpatient Neurology: ~55 hours per week

Inpatient Psychiatry: ~55 hours per week

Pediatric Neurology: ~45 hours per week

Medicine Consults: ~45 hours per week

Geriatrics: ~40 hours per week


Night and Weekend Duty

Inpatient Medicine/Emergency Medicine: Luck of the draw whether you have off days over the weekend.

Inpatient Neurology: Work one weekend day each week.

Inpatient Psychiatry: 5 weekend call shifts spread over six blocks. 3 weeks of night float at Harborview.

Geriatrics at the Community Living Center, Pediatric Neurology and Medicine Consults: All weekends off.

Resident Life
Jordan Merrill
Fourth Year Resident
Idaho Track

Why UW Psychiatry?

"Having been born and raised in Southeastern Idaho, I was well aware how under served the state is. I wanted an opportunity to work with primary care to better understand dissemination of psychiatric services in underserved communities, while still maintaining a strong focus on psychotherapy in training.

What attracted me to the ID/UW advanced clinician track (Boise track) was the broad spectrum of opportunities to work in an urban setting for 2 years followed by an underserved, rural setting, as well as the strong emphasis in primary care consultation. I was further impressed on interview day by the residents: they seemed happy, spoke with candor and were both professional and down to earth. This spoke well of another priority of mine while selecting a program: I wanted to like where I lived. Both Seattle and Boise delivered."

Education

Idaho State University: BS, Zoology
University of Nebraska Medical Center: MD

Career Goals

“I hope to work in a private setting with an emphasis on psycho-dynamically informed practice, including some psychotherapy."

Follow Me For A Week

Sunday
Morning:   Spent the day with my girlfriend in Seattle.

Evening:   Late flight back home.
     
Monday
Morning:   VA continuity clinic starting at 9:00.
Afternoon:   Drove home for lunch, then back at the VA for clinic.
Evening:   Personal psychotherapy..
     
Tuesday
Morning:   VA comprehensive chronic pain care team consultation.
Afternoon:   Caseload supervision, then staffed the morning's consults, finishing about 3:00. Then off to weekly psychotherapy supervision.

Evening:   MRead my Kindle then watched Netflix.
     
wednesday
Morning:   FMRI (Family medicine) continuity clinic starting at 8:30.
Afternoon:   Chronic pain group psychotherapy elective.
Evening:   Caught up on some charting, then read a chapter to prep for an upcoming neurosciences didactic.
thursday
Morning:   T-group and didactics

Afternoon:   Lunch with the residents, business meeting (lunch provided!), then off to clinic.

Evening:   Psych cinema at North End Psychiatry. We watched "Little Miss Sunshine" and had a great discussion afterwards.
     
friday
Morning:   Continuity clinic at Boise State University.
Afternoon:   Psychotherapy supervision, followed by consultation to the family medicine attendings and residents.
Evening:   Skype with my girlfriend (who lives in Seattle), then went to a late night movie.
     
Saturday
Morning:   Drove to Southeastern Idaho to visit with family.
Evening:   Dinner with family. Reflected on how much I love never being on call in Boise.
     

Clinical Rotations

Telepsychiatry (remote primary care consultation)

Continuity clinic at the Boise VA

Continuity clinic/primary care consultation at the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho clinic

Family medicine attending room (curbside consultations to family med attendings and residents with teaching opportunities)

Sleep medicine elective

Chief resident time


Average Weekly Hours

40 hours

Night and Weekend Duty

There is no call while in Boise


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